The Hamilton County Supervisors on Tuesday morning adopted the 2014 fiscal year budget with no objection raised. The budget approved by the board will include a total urban levy of $6.25 per thousand and the rural levy will be at $9.95 per thousand. Both levies will be down 17 cents from the current fiscal year budget. Hamilton County Supervisor chairman Doug Bailey said the total property taxes levied for the next fiscal year total $7,441,712. It will be the lowest levy since 2004 with much of that amount due to the current valuation of land in the county. There will be a new budget increase of 11 percent for employee health insurance, a 2.25 percent increase in the wages for the county road crews, 50 cent increase for employees in the county sheriff's department and jailers. The new budget approved include a 50 cent per hour increase in wages for non-union members,non-elected officials will see a 3 percent increase in salary and the report by the compensation board for wage increases for all elected county officials was approved. Over the last few weeks, the supervisors have been meeting with county officials to go over the budget numbers in their respective departments.
In other matters the Hamilton County Supervisors approved the hiring of John Beatty of Humboldt to be the new assistant county attorney. Beatty's salary will be at $38,000.
The board also approved a traffic safety improvement funding request for work on Hamilton County R-33. The work would involve the installation of safety edges on the side of the road. A contract with Iowa Central Community College for safety training for all county employees was approved by the board. Don and Marie Seamands were appointed to serve on the Hamilton County R C and D board.